Tibaηsim: Information Access for Low-Resource Environments

Francis Dittoh*, Hans Akkermans, Victor de Boer, Anna Bon, Wendelien Tuyp, André Baart

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In Africa, and other places around the world, there are numerous people who do not have access to information from the World Wide Web or other digital sources. This is not an issue of infrastructure only, but also of cultural and social factors, including low literacy. Most rural communities in the Northern Region of Ghana fall in this category, where information in written form and/or English is not accessible due to the inability of majority of community members to read and write. This paper presents Tiba η sim (originally “RadioNet”); a case-study of an appropriate ICT4D methodology in the development of an information delivery system hosted in low-resource areas, with empirical data from context analysis from the rural communities and other stakeholders. The paper also presents an evaluation of the system and the methodology, by way of User Evaluation and System Monitoring. The paper also shows how contextual issues are catered for through the methodology used. Tibaηsim focuses on available technologies and appropriate information formats by providing a system that relies on GSM and FM Radio, in the local language(s) of the community. Tibaηsim was deployed in 5 rural communities, reaching a total of almost 1000 people, providing them primarily farming-related information.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 6th International Congress on Information and Communication Technology
Subtitle of host publicationICICT 2021, London, Volume 1
EditorsXin-She Yang, Simon Sherratt, Nilanjan Dey, Amit Joshi
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9789811623776
ISBN (Print)9789811623769
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event6th International Congress on Information and Communication Technology, ICICT 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 25 Feb 202126 Feb 2021

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Networks and Systems (LNNS)
ISSN (Print)2367-3370
ISSN (Electronic)2367-3389


Conference6th International Congress on Information and Communication Technology, ICICT 2021
CityVirtual, Online

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors thank Christophe Guéret for the original Kasadaka idea and the University for Development Studies ICT for Food and Water in Ghana team led by Saa Dittoh. We also acknowledge the contributions of Kay Kutah Wilhelm (Savanna Agricultural Research Institute), The Internet Society Ghana Chapter, and The Internet Society for funding the pilot project. The authors also thank Chris van Aart, Amadou Tangara, Chris Reij, Stephane Boyera, Gossa Lô, Julien Ouedraogo, Matthieu Oue-draogo, Mary Allen, Nana Baah Gyan, Aman Grewal, Yacouba Sawadogo, Stefan Schlobach, and many others for their contribution to this continuing research project.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022, The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.


  • Digital divide
  • ict4d
  • Information access
  • Low-resource
  • Mobile
  • Radio
  • Rural
  • Sub-saharan africa
  • Unconnected
  • User-centered design
  • Voice technologies


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